Raeford Davis, a former police officer in South Carolina and member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), discusses the murder of Levonia Riggins by a Tampa, Florida SWAT team armed to the teeth for a drug raid that ultimately uncovered 2 grams of marijuana – enough for one joint.
Grant F. Smith, director of research at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy and author of Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America, discusses the poll showing Americans think the US’s $38 billion military aid package to Israel would be better spent elsewhere, and IRMEP’s lawsuit claiming aid to Israel is downright illegal.
Eric Margolis, journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the recent border clash in Kashmir where militants killed 17 Indian soldiers, increasing tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist based in Sanaa, discusses the US Senate’s rejection of Rand Paul’s joint resolution to block a billion dollar arms deal to Saudi Arabia, and why the US feels the need to placate the Saudis over the Iran nuclear deal – even though the destruction of Yemen helps Al Qaeda and ISIS gain power.
Joe Lauria, an independent journalist covering international affairs, discusses the possibility of an “October surprise” assault on the Islamic State’s stronghold in Mosul before US elections; the beginnings of a Turkish land-grab in Syria; and Obama’s curious Eisenhower-like UN farewell address, revealing the president he might have been without “Deep State” interference.
Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses his article “Deep State America,” about the secret, permanent government actually in power behind the scenes that is unaffected by elections or the democratic will of the people.
Dan Grazier, a journalist and former Marine Corps captain, discusses why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may never be ready for combat, even though it is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history.
Jeffrey Kaye, a psychologist and writer on torture, discusses his new book Cover-up at Guantanamo: The NCIS Investigation into the “Suicides” of Mohammed Al Hanashi and Abdul Rahman Al Amri.
Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses why the “moderate” US-backed Free Syrian Army threatened to slaughter US special forces advisors on the ground in Syria; why Donald Trump thinks 38 billion in US aid to Israel isn’t enough; and the continuing wars in Libya and Yemen.
Stanley L. Cohen, a lawyer and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa, discuses why the US government sabotaged his negotiations with the Islamic State to free humanitarian aid worker Peter Kassig, who was executed in 2014; and why a Hillary Clinton presidency would be bad news for Palestinians.
Gareth Porter, an award-winning journalist and historian, discusses the US-Russia agreement on a ceasefire in Syria; the Pentagon’s bureaucratic opposition to friendly Russia relations; and why there aren’t any moderate “good guys” in Syria for the US to support – never mind the interventionists claiming otherwise.
Todd Gitlin, a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University, discusses the very real risks of nuclear war and why nobody’s finger – least of all Donald Trump’s – should be on the nuclear trigger.
Shashank Bengali, South Asia correspondent for the LA Times, discusses why the Iranian nuclear agreement reached early this year hasn’t created the economic and jobs recovery promised by President Rouhani; and the likely return of anti-American hard-line politicians like Ahmadinejad if conditions don’t improve before elections in 2017.